The presentation of the NIC Gold Medal and NIC Silver Medal dates back more than 70 years, making it one of the oldest interfraternal traditions. The Gold Medal is the highest honor the Conference can bestow and recognizes lifelong service to the interfraternal community and/or the NIC. The Silver Medal recognizes exemplary service or leadership in a role or task that has advanced the fraternal movement.

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2020 Silver Medal Honoree

Keith J. Steiner


A life-long volunteer for the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and foundation, Keith J. Steiner has served his brothers and the fraternal community with intelligence and humble leadership. After a 12 year professional career with Delta Tau Delta, he went to work for UBS, where he has remained for 35 years. He has been an incredible asset to the fraternal industry through his finance career, managing dozens of fraternal institutional endowments and serving as a conscientious partner to many organizations and their leaders. Throughout this time he has also served Delta Tau Delta directly as President of the Northern Division, International Secretary and Chairman of the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation. For the past 50 years, Keith has been the consummate fraternity gentlemen.

2019 Gold Medal Honorees

William A. “Bill” Martin, III.


Bill Martin has been a constant presence supporting the interfraternal movement for nearly 40 years. He has had an exemplary career in which he earned a reputation for selfless leadership and dedicated service.

In 29 years as executive director, he navigated Phi Gamma Delta through many culture shifts, from the implementation of the fraternity’s first liability insurance program to the creation of a risk management policy and the adoption of alcohol-free housing. More recently, Bill successfully executed transformational strategic initiatives to significantly grow Phi Gamma Delta, increase the involvement of its alumni brothers and launch an effort to “Build Courageous Leaders.”

“Bill has provided a lifetime of service through his vocation, but he exemplifies what is means to be a fraternity man. Phi Gamma Delta and the fraternity movement are better because of Bill’s dedication,” a nominator said.

James B. Russell


A gifted writer and historian, Jim Russell has applied his communication skills to the betterment of the fraternal movement in channels no other executive has navigated. A vigorous champion of the fraternity/sorority movement, Jim is known for genuine authenticity, dedicated professionalism and a deep determination to serve.

“What distinguishes Jim Russell from the many other interfraternal leaders is his willingness to lead from the back as well as from the front,” one nominator said. “He has always been a ‘glue guy,’ the person who holds the team together, who does his job while helping others do theirs and who never seeks fame and recognition. His style and body of work speak to the essence of the Gold Medal – others have been helped or guided to improve what they do because of Jim.”

Jim became Delta Tau Delta’s eighth executive director in 2001 after a 25-year career in sports writing. He was responsible for launching the fraternity’s first member education initiative in 2008 and oversaw unprecedented organizational growth. By the time Jim retired in 2018, the fraternity had grown from 6,400 undergraduate members in 2001 to more than 10,000 in 2017.

He invested innumerable hours into projects and committees for the North American Interfraternity Conference, Fraternal Information and Programming Group, Fraternal Risk Management Trust and the Purdue Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Advisory Council.

2019 Silver Medal Honoree

John M. Green


John Green has been an engaged leader of Phi Kappa Tau for 60 years. He is an outstanding interfraternal brother, mentor, leader and fraternal man of distinction.

John’s long-time volunteer efforts – including a term as national president – came to a head in the 1980s when he was hired as the fraternity’s executive director. In that role he was instrumental in the founding of the Fraternal Risk Management Trust and Fraternal Information and Programming Group. After serving as the fraternity’s top administrator for a decade, he later agreed to become executive director of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation, in which he guided a successful $6.5 million campaign before he retired in 2007.

“John always replied in the affirmative when his fraternity and the interfraternity community called. His leadership and passion was needed during a variety of historical moments. I continue to be very impressed with John’s vision, compassion, leadership and dedication as a fraternity man.”

Past Recipients

1940Alvan E. DuerrDelta Tau Delta
1941H. Maurice DarlingDelta Kappa Epsilon
1946Lloyd G. BalfourSigma Chi
1947John MoselySigma Alpha Epsilon
1948G. Herbert SmithBeta Theta Pi
1949Leroy A. WilsonLambda Chi Alpha
1950Joseph A. Bursley
1951Arthur Ray WarnockBeta Theta Pi
1951Joseph A. ParkAlpha Tau Omega
1951William R. BayesPhi Delta Theta
1952Henry M. WristonDelta Tau Delta
1953Verling C. EntemanDelta Phi
1954Frank H. MyersKappa Alpha Order
1954Maurice JacobsPhi Epsilon Pi
1955Cecil J. WilkinsonPhi Gamma Delta
1956Fred H. TurnerSigma Alpha Epsilon
1957Herbert L. BrownPhi Sigma Kappa
1957John M. McGregorAlpha Tau Omega
1959Horace G. NicholDelta Upsilon
1960Francis S. Van DerburKappa Sigma
1961George S. WardPhi Delta Theta
1962Herman B. WellsSigma Nu
1962J. Edward MurphySigma Nu
1964Henry R. JohnstonDelta Kappa Epsilon
1965Tom C. ClarkDelta Tau Delta
1966Dr. Seth R. BrooksBeta Theta Pi
1966Joel W. ReynoldsDelta Tau Delta
1967Roland MaxwellPhi Kappa Tau
1967Scott TurnerPsi Upsilon
1968George ChapmanTheta Chi
1969Houston T. KarnesLambda Chi Alpha
1970J. Dwight PetersonSigma Chi
1970Stewart D. DanielsAlpha Tau Omega
1971Joe Waggonner Jr.Kappa Sigma
1971Earl D. RhodesTheta Chi
1972Robert W. KrovitzAlpha Epsilon Pi
1972Zeke L. LoflinTheta Xi
1975Tozier BrownLambda Chi Alpha
1976John D. MillerPhi Delta Theta
1977Richard R. FletcherSigma Nu
1978George S. TollAlpha Epsilon Pi
1979Ralph D. DanielPhi Kappa Psi
1979George F. Patterson Jr.Acacia
1981Robert K. Ausman, M.D.Alpha Epsilon Pi
1982Dr. Norman Vincent PealePhi Gamma Delta
1983Ronald ReaganTau Kappa Epsilon
1984Harold JacobsenSigma Pi
1984Robert B. StewartAlpha Chi Rho
1985Ewing T. BolesPhi Kappa Tau
1985Barry GoldwaterSigma Chi
1986Jack L. AnsonPhi Kappa Tau
1987Dr. Ronald W. RoskensSigma Tau Gamma
1987Richard H. SudhelmerTriangle
1988Paul K. AddamsAlpha Chi Rho
1988Sidney H. GullerSigma Alpha Mu
1989Stanley I. FishelZeta Beta Tau
1989Williams S. ZermanPhi Gamma Delta
1990Dr. John L. BlackburnAlpha Sigma Phi
1991Dr. Karlem RiessPhi Kappa Sigma
1991Edwin L. HemingerDelta Tau Delta
1992William T. Bringham, CAESigma Chi
1992Robert J. Miller, CAEPhi Delta Theta
1992T.J. Schmitz, CAETau Kappa Epsilon
1992William P. SchwartzSigma Alpha Mu
1993Howard R. AlterTheta Chi
1993Durward W. OwenPi Kappa Phi
1993Henry B. PoorPsi Upsilon
1993George W. SpasykLambda Chi Alpha
1994Patrick I. BrownAlpha Tau Omega
1994Philip H. CohenAlpha Epsilon Pi
1994Maureen S. SyringDelta Gamma
1994Ralph S. RumseyZeta Psi
1995Edward M. KingSigma Chi
1995Dr. William R. NesterPi Kappa Alpha
1995Mary PetersonAlpha Phi
1996George BeckPi Lambda Phi
1996Jean W. ScottPi Beta Phi
1996Rodney Williams Jr.Tau Kappa Epsilon
1997Charles V. "Chuck" LoringPhi Sigma Kappa
1997Richard S. SimonZeta Beta Tau
1998Hiliary H. HollowayKappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
1998Russell G. MawbyAlpha Gamma Rho
1998Mary Burt Brooks NashAlpha Xi Delta
1998Frank J. Ruck Jr.Sigma Phi Epsilon
1999Brian BrooksDelta Sigma Phi
2000Maurice “Mo” LittlefieldSigma Nu
2001President George W. BushDelta Kappa Epsilon
2002Bill MuseTau Kappa Epsilon
2004R. Keith GilchrestAlpha Kappa Lambda
2004Idris TraylorKappa Alpha Order
2004First Lady Laura Bush*Kappa Alpha Theta
2005Sidney DunnAlpha Epsilon Pi
2005Gregory HauserDelta Chi
2005William JenkinsPhi Kappa Tau
2006Jonathan BrantBeta Theta Pi
2006Edward A. PeasePi Kappa Alpha
2007Phil JosephsonAlpha Gamma Rho
2008Bill BernierSigma Tau Gamma
2009Raymond L. OriansPi Kappa Alpha
2009Jon C. WilliamsonLambda Chi Alpha
2010Wilford A. ButlerDelta Upsilon
2010James EstesKappa Alpha Order
2011Rick BarnesFarmHouse
2011Kenneth TraceySigma Alpha Epsilon
2011Jim VredenburghTheta Xi
2011Marc P. KatzAlpha Epsilon Pi
2012Raymond GalbrethDelta Chi
2012David WestolTheta Chi
2013James E. Greer, Jr.Zeta Beta Tau
2013Dr. Edward H. HammondSigma Phi Epsilon
2013Robert D. LyndKappa Delta Rho
2013Robert F. Marchesani Jr.Phi Kappa Psi
2014William E. ForesterKappa Alpha Order
2014Dr. Phillip SummersPi Kappa Phi
2015Darold W. LarsonAcacia Fraternity
2015Howard C. PickettSigma Nu
2015Norval B. Stephens, Jr.Delta Tau Delta
2016Robert OffFarmHouse Fraternity
2018Ned KirklinKappa Sigma
2019James B. RussellDelta Tau Delta
2019William A. Martin, IIIPhi Gamma Delta
1980Hugh D. Scott Jr.Alpha Chi Rho
1980Carroll K. SimonsPhi Kappa Sigma
1980Marsh WhiteDelta Chi
1981John J. RhodesBeta Theta Pi
1982James H. McLaughlinZeta Psi
1982Robert H. ShafferSigma Chi
1984Fred L. DixonPhi Gamma Delta
1985James S BradySigma Chi
1985President George H. W. BushDelta Kappa Epsilon
1985John W. GalbreathDelta Tau Delta
1986Dr. John W. RyanKappa Sigma
1987Ellison S. OnizukaTriangle
1987Samuel H. ShapiroAlpha Epsilon Pi
1989Edward M. KingSigma Chi
1989Eileen C. StevensAlpha Phi
1990Edward A. PeasePi Kappa Alpha
1992James E. GreerZeta Beta Tau
1992Beth SaulAlpha Epsilon Phi
1992Dr. Ronald J. TaylorZeta Beta Tau
1992Charles N. White Jr.Sigma Phi Epsilon
1993Wayne S. ColvinSigma Phi Epsilon
1993Tom W. DevineSigma Alpha Epsilon
1993Mike PosnickSigma Alpha Mu
1994Robert F. ManleyManley Burke & Fisher
1994Jeff LinkenbachMontana State University
1995Jeffrey W. ShuckSigma Chi
1996William N. LaForgePi Kappa Alpha
1996David L. WestolTheta Chi
1997Joel GoldmanSigma Alpha Mu
1997Richard N. McKaigDelta Chi
1997T.J. SullivanPi Kappa Phi
1998Barbara B. HollmannPhi Mu
1999John HortonPhi Gamma Delta
1999Nancy LeonardAlpha Chi Omega
2000Michael GordonKappa Alpha Psi
2000Robert L. LivingstonDelta Kappa Epsilon
2001Robert Dole Kappa Sigma
2001Elizabeth DoleDelta Delta Delta
2001Richard LugarBeta Theta Pi
2002Kevin O’NeillLambda Chi Alpha
2002James J. CareyZeta Psi
2002Don MillsTexas Christian University
2006Wynn SmileyAlpha Tau Omega
2007Stephanie Tubbs JonesDelta Sigma Theta
2007Pete SessionsPi Kappa Alpha
2008Kent GardnerKappa Alpha Order
2009Mark V. AndersonSigma Chi
2009Mike LongSigma Nu
2011Daniel ShaverSigma Chi
2013Kim NovakDelta Gamma
2014Lori HartAlpha Omicron Pi
2014Victor FeltsSigma Chi
2015Arthur J. Hurt IIISigma Phi Epsilon
2015James B. “Jim” Ewbank IIPhi Delta Theta
2015John W. HartmanSigma Phi Epsilon
2017Dr. Mari Ann CallaisTheta Phi Alpha
2017Jean MrasekChi Omega
2017Greg SingletonKappa Alpha Order
2017Bonnie WunschAlpha Epsilon Phi
2019John M. GreenPhi Kappa Tau
2020Keith J. SteinerDelta Tau Delta

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